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Title: Nuclear power to attain sustainability in Singapore : an evaluation of Singaporean's perceptions and receptiveness
Keywords: Real Estate
Alice Christudason
2010/2011 RE
Nuclear power
Public participation
Issue Date: 12-Nov-2010
Citation: LOH GUO WEI, STAMFORD (2010-11-12). Nuclear power to attain sustainability in Singapore : an evaluation of Singaporean's perceptions and receptiveness. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Due to Singapore’s increasing energy consumption and dependency, there is a need to consider alternative energy sources in order to ensure long-term sustainability. One form of an alternative energy source - renewable energy, is not feasible in Singapore because of geographical and technological constraints. On the other hand, given the technological and financial resources available, nuclear power could be considered a much more viable option. However, the implementation of nuclear power in Singapore is controversial due to safety and siting issues. Hence, the main objective of this dissertation is to find out Singaporean’s perceptions about nuclear power as a means to attain sustainability. Research was carried out via a survey to gather public opinion, an interview to solicit an academic viewpoint, as well as data from secondary sources such as journal articles and print media, which supplemented these findings. The survey measured respondents’ knowledge of Singapore’s electrical/energy consumption and reliance on imported fuel. Additionally, it focused on respondents’ knowledge pertaining to nuclear power, their comfort in adopting nuclear power in Singapore, their preferred location for a nuclear power plant and their level of willingness to be involved in the decision making process for the implementation of such a project. 200 respondents completed the survey Results indicated that while most survey respondents were unsure about the nature and extent of Singapore’s electrical consumption, they nonetheless felt that Singapore should reduce reliance on imported fuels. Additionally, most respondents cited safety concerns as reasons against nuclear power, and guarantees of safety as reasons for its implementation. The most commonly cited ideal location for a nuclear power plant was Pulau Tekong and most respondents were willing to participate in the decision making process. It is also suggested from results of the study that in order to achieve successful nuclear power implementation, the Singapore government should study the success and challenges faced by other countries, and engage in efforts to involve and educate the public, so as to garner support for a project of such magnitude.
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